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Julian Edelman offers first quote about moving on after Tom Brady’s departure

It’s fair to say that no member of the New England Patriots was closer to Tom Brady than Julian Edelman. For that reason, there was extensive speculation about how Edelman would react after Brady’s departure in free agency.

Edelman spoke for the first time since the end of the 2019-20 season on Monday, saying that as much as he loves Brady, life goes on with or without him in New England.

Fundamentally, Edelman has no choice but to move on. While some of the wide receiver’s social media activity fueled talk that he was looking for ways to join Brady in Tampa Bay, the reality according to one teammate is that the 34-year-old is eager to prove that his success isn’t simply down to him being Brady’s favorite target.

2019 marked the third 1,000-yard season of Edelman’s career, and he caught 100 passes for the second time as well. His focus in camp will be on developing as good a rapport with likely Patriots starter Cam Newton as he possibly can, not on anything relating to Brady.

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Julian Edelman addresses DeSean Jackson’s posts, invites him to Holocaust museum

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Julian Edelman is arguably the most popular Jewish player to ever play in the National Football League, so naturally many people have asked him for his thoughts on DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram posts. On Thursday, Edelman addressed the situation.

In a video he released on social media, Edelman encouraged people to have “uncomfortable conversations” about racism and bigotry. He then invited Jackson to go with him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and said he would then like to go to a museum of African-American history and culture with Jackson. Here’s the video:

Edelman said he did not identify as Jewish until later in life, so he never really felt that anti-Semitic remarks were directed at him until he got more in touch with his religion. The New England Patriots star also revealed that he was called a “k—” on the field in 2011, which would have been when he was playing in the NFL. Edelman went on a birthright-style trip to Israel during the 2015 offseason and documented the journey on social media.

The passage Jackson shared was incorrectly attributed to Adolf Hitler and accused Jewish people of blackmailing and extorting America as a plan for world domination. The Philadelphia Eagles wideout has apologized multiple times.

Tom Brady had funny reaction to Julian Edelman welcoming Cam Newton to Patriots

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Tom Brady chose to leave Julian Edelman behind when the six-time Super Bowl champion signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the New England Patriots may have helped Edelman move on more quickly by signing Cam Newton. Dare we say Brady is a tad jealous?

Edelman welcomed Newton to the Patriots with a very clever Instagram post on Tuesday. While Brady is the one who chose to sign with a new team rather than remaining with Edelman, seeing his ex with a new flame may have bothered No. 12 a bit.

Brady and Edelman have had one of the strongest bromances in sports over the years. There was speculation that Edelman might even want out of New England after Brady signed with the Bucs, but apparently Edelman is ready to prove he can perform at a high level without his buddy. Depending upon how things go this season, perhaps Brady will be the one missing Edelman and not the other way around.

Julian Edelman welcomes Cam Newton to Patriots with clever Instagram post

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Julian Edelman has not caught many passes from quarterbacks other than Tom Brady throughout his NFL career, but he’ll have an opportunity to play with another former NFL MVP this season. On Tuesday, the veteran wideout had a unique way of expressing his excitement.

Those who follow Cam Newton on social media know that he has an extremely bizarre font that he always writes in. Edelman used that same style to welcome Newton to New England with an Instagram post.

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•néwtôn, MASSACHUSÊTTS• #LetsWork

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Newton, Mass., also happens to be an actual place, so it seems like Edelman put some decent thought into that post.

As soon as Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there was speculation that Edelman might wanted to be traded. He even fueled some of that with his social media activity, but the Patriots have no intention of parting ways with Edelman. One Patriots player said Edelman is using Brady’s departure as motivation for 2020, so the addition of Newton should help in that sense.

Julian Edelman using Tom Brady’s departure as motivation for 2020 season

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Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have one of the longest-running and most powerful bromances in the NFL, and many have wondered what the wide receiver’s mindset will be this season now that Brady has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to one New England Patriots player, Edelman is as motivated as ever.

Despite speculation that Edelman may want the Patriots to trade him, one of the 34-year-old’s teammates told Michael Giardi of NFL Network that Edelman is already drawing motivation from “people thinking we’re no good and he’s just a product of Brady.”

Edelman loved catching passes from Brady, but he has also made it known on numerous occasions how much he loves playing for Bill Belichick. There have been reports that the Patriots have no intention of trading Edelman, so they are likely going to lean on him to be a leader and help second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham develop. Stidham has already organized some workouts with teammates this offseason, and Edelman is said to have taken part.

Edelman created a stir with his social media activity not long after Brady signed with the Bucs, but all indications have been that the Super Bowl LIII MVP is not going anywhere. He has as much to prove as any of his teammates, and it seems like he is up to the challenge.

Julian Edelman will not be prosecuted for jumping on hood of person’s car

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Julian Edelman found his name in the headlines for an embarrassing reason a week after the New England Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs last season, but the star wide receiver is not going to be prosecuted for his actions.

Edelman was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., back in January after he inexplicably jumped on the hood of a person’s parked Mercedes. Police were in the area at the time working a robbery, and someone flagged them down to report what Edelman had done. The 33-year-old was cited for misdemeanor vandalism and released.

As many expected, Edelman was able to settle the issue by writing a check. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office told TMZ this week that the owner of the vehicle said “has been fully compensated for the repair costs” and does not wish to see Edelman prosecuted. As a result, officials have scrapped the case.

Police say Edelman “slid across the hood” of the Mercedes and was intoxicated at the time. Tom Brady took a shot at his former teammate over the incident, and fortunately for Edelman it ended up costing him nothing but some money.

Report: Patriots have zero intention of trading Julian Edelman

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The New England Patriots are obviously rebuilding on offense after parting ways with Tom Brady, and there has been some speculation that Julian Edelman could be the next veteran player they decide to move forward without. According to one report, that is not going to happen.

Tom E. Curran says he has been told by an NFL source that there is “not a chance in hell” the Patriots will trade or release Edelman this offseason. While the receiver carries a salary cap hit of more than $9 million next season, the cap savings would not be nearly that much if they trade Edelman.

Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal has arguably a better understanding of the Patriots’ salary cap situation than any person outside the organization, and he says the team would gain less than $4 million in cap space by trading Edelman. Curran says there could be some sort of workout bonus in Edelman’s contract that would push the savings slightly higher, but what would New England actually gain by trading Edelman?

While Edelman was extremely productive with 100 catches, over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns last season, he’ll be turning 34 in May. He has also battled injuries in recent seasons, so it’s highly unlikely a team would give up a high draft pick for him.

An April Fool’s rumor on Wednesday led to some speculation that Edelman was on his way out of New England, but there has been no trade. Unless the Patriots are blowing up their entire offense, Edelman should have value to them as a role model for second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the new leader of the offense with Brady gone.

Of course, things could change if Edelman asks the Patriots to trade or release him. He may have already hinted that he wants to team up with Brady in Tampa Bay, but he has also said in the past that he would not want to play for a coach other than Bill Belichick. There wouldn’t be much in it for the Patriots if they trade Edelman.

Did Bill Simmons fall for Julian Edelman to Lions trade April Fools’ joke?

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Is Julian Edelman really on the verge of being traded to the Detroit Lions? If you listened to Bill Simmons’ interview with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, you would be thinking so.

During an interview with Cowherd, Simmons, who is a big Boston sports fan, threw out an Edelman rumor.

“Even the (Julian) Edelman, it seems like he might be headed to Detroit, is that official?” Simmons said to Cowherd.

Cowherd responded, “it’s talked about.”

Simmons does have some inside information on Boston sports teams, but there hasn’t been any chatter anywhere about Edelman being traded to the Lions. The only place I could find such a rumor came via a tweet early Wednesday morning by Patriots Militia that said Edelman was signing a 2-year deal with the Lions.

That was obviously fake considering Edelman is still under contract with the Patriots, and of course it came on April Fools’ Day.

So either Simmons knows about a trade in the works that nobody else has mentioned or reported, and that Cowherd has also supposedly heard about (because Cowherd obviously would never just go along with it to risk not sounding uninformed), or one of those pesky April Fools’ jokes got people.

Edelman had 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns last season. But with Tom Brady now in Tampa Bay, Edelman might want to play for a new team, and we all know how much the Lions love collecting Patriots players, so the rumor is plausible.

Julian Edelman ‘likes’ tweet suggesting he should go to Buccaneers

Julian Edelman made it no secret all offseason that he would be crushed if Tom Brady left the New England Patriots in free agency. Now that it has happened, many have wondered if the receiver could try to follow his best buddy to Tampa Bay. Some of Edelman’s social media activity may indicate he would welcome the opportunity to do just that.

When reports spread earlier in the week that Brady is going to sign with the Buccaneers, NFL legend Deion Sanders openly wondered if the Bucs would be able to find a way to add Edelman, too. As Sanders described it, Edelman has basically been Brady’s Scottie Pippen.

The tweet got over 1,000 likes, and Edelman was among them.

It would certainly not be a shock if the Patriots traded or released Edelman. They likely have no choice but to begin rebuilding now that Brady is gone, and Edelman will be 34 prior to the start of next season. He has also suffered numerous injuries in recent years and will count $8 million against the salary cap in 2020. He fits the description of a veteran player that Bill Belichick would make a surprise training camp release.

Edelman and Brady have one of the strongest bromances in sports, so it’s easy to envision Edelman wanting to continue that in Tampa Bay. If he approaches the Patriots about a trade or release, they may just grant him his wish.

Julian Edelman reacts to Tom Brady leaving Patriots

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Julian Edelman has been openly campaigning throughout the offseason for Tom Brady to re-sign with the New England Patriots, but the wide receiver was officially forced to give up the fight on Tuesday. If Edelman is angry over Brady’s decision, he is not showing it publicly.

Not long after Brady announced that he will not return to the Patriots, Edelman shared a photo of himself and Brady on Twitter with a simple caption that said “family.”

Edelman was Brady’s favorite target for years, and the two have developed a full-blown bromance. It goes without saying that Edelman did not want to catch passes from a quarterback other than Brady, and the receiver has found a number of unique ways to express that over the past several weeks.

At one point, Edelman was even selling merchandise in an attempt to convince Brady to stay with the Patriots. The 33-year-old has to be crushed, but he knew there was a possibility that this day would come.